Homemade Gifts: Vanilla Extract


Vanilla extract is easy to make, and while it needs to sit for 2 or so months before you use it, there’s nothing to say you can’t gift it before then with a “Use after” sticker. What? No other procrastinators in the room? Really, is it procrastinating if you’ve been working and running and trying to stay afloat during a busy family time of the year? Perhaps it’s just a sign that we should all sit back, take a deep breath and drink the extract…

Vanilla extract is simple: vodka and vanilla beans. I like to buy huge, plump vanilla beans from Costco. They’re extra long, and they come in a sealed tube. Pair those with some cute bottles and vodka, and you’re on your way to pure extract.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

2-3 vanilla beans (depending on size of your bottle; 1 bean for every 4-6 ounces)
glass bottles or canning jars

Split the beans down one side. Place in the bottle. Fill the bottle with vodka. Seal. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months before using as extract in your favorite recipes.

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